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Why we contra dance

A guest post from member Robbin Marcus. Thanks, Robbin! What stories would your dance community like to share? Let us know in the comments. For the last couple of years in Atlanta, amateur videographer Jim Crawford has embarked on an adventure in being a contra dance ambassador. Each week, Jim films the caller and band […]

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Our grants at work: Dancing Rabbit

Our Outreach grants are funded by donations from our friends and members. Want to see your gift in action? Here’s a video from the Contra Culture weekend, sponsored by CDSS group affiliate Dance Rabbit Dance.

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Take great dance photos

You’re probably familiar with Doug Plummer’s stunning photos of dancers — he documents dance events across the country, showcasing some of his favorite images in his Contra Dance Photo Project Facebook page. He’s now offering a workshop on how to photograph a dance, as part of this awesome camp lineup from our affiliate group BACDS […]

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Lomax lesson plans

The Association for Cultural Equity provides a useful array Teaching Resources for the classroom. “This music and the cultures that created them are a valuable resource to courses in history, geography, language arts, social studies, visual arts, music and dance.” via Pat MacPherson, While roaming around the website for the Association for Cultural Equity (founded […]

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New videos: Old Timers Talk

An announcement from our incoming Board President, David Millstone. Folks interested in the history of contra dancing in New England and upstate New York in the post-World War II era may enjoy watching a series of six videos from this year’s Dance Flurry. Billed as “Old TImers Talk” and moderated by incoming CDSS president David […]

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Across the pond

Our sister society in the UK, the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), has been making headlines for a couple of new initiatives: New role to support folk artists — EFDSS has appointed a new Artist Development Manager to its staff “to manage the Society’s Folk Rising programme, which showcases emerging musicians [and] commission[s] […]

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Folk music in the news

Yesterday brought a veritable flurry of exciting new developments in the world of folk song and music: Alan Lomax’s Massive Archive Goes Online. Interesting article by NPR, with photos. This new material from from Alan Lomax’s independent archive has been digitized and preserved by the Association for Cultural Equity, and is distinct from his earlier […]

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Our latest grant recipients

Congratulations to our most recent rounds of successful grant applicants! We funded the following projects in October 2011 & January 2012: October 2011 15th annual Pourparler — gathering for teachers of traditional dance in schools and/or communities, TX Contra Affair — new contra dance series for college students and local community, OK Cracking Chestnuts — […]

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Member spotlight: violin maker

Ever wonder what your friends from CDSS camps do in their regular lives? CDSS member Sam Zygmuntowicz, a regular attendee of our Campers’ Week program and member of contradance band Grand Picnic, was recently featured in this interesting video, as posted on Gizmodo: You’ll Wish You Were a Violin Maker By the Time This Video’s […]

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Executive Director Named

An exciting announcement from CDSS Board President Bruce Hamilton. The CDSS Governing Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Rima Dael as Executive Director of the Country Dance and Song Society. She will begin working with the staff and Interim Director Marie Dalton-Meyer on March 5, becoming full-time on March 26. Rima brings a […]

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